Free MLK Day, Civil Rights Movement Materials

Several years ago, we studied the Civil Rights Movement. I made a number of packets for the kids (which are free here on the blog) as we studied this period in US history. Not only did we talk about the historic events — what led to the Civil Rights Movement, what were the key events during the Civil Rights era, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott… but we also talked about the core issues like rights, privileges and things like that. Below are links to our free packets at the bottom are some wonderful books that we read (one list for elementary and one for middle schoolers).

**Civil Rights Movement Lessons (Free Packet) – In some ways this is the core of what I want the kids to learn from this unit… what are rights? What is the difference between someone’s rights and a privilege? What is it like to be a part of a group? When can it be hard/painful to be left out? Judging people by what they look like. The power of speeches. This is a 13 page packet of discussion questions and lesson ideas on all that and terms like prejudice, bias, racism, etc.


**Civil Rights Books for Elementary

**Free Civil Rights Packet: Timeline of Events Leading to the Civil Rights Movement — This packet covers the 350 year history prior to the Civil Rights Era.  It also includes several pages of photos so kids can make their own timeline.

Events leading to the Civil Rights Movement

**Key Events of the Civil Rights Movement (free packet) 

Key Events of the Civil Rights Movement

**Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott


**Civil Rights Movement: School Integration, Sit-Ins and Selma – books and movies my kids loved

Civil Rights Movement Books you may want to read with your students:

Elementary (these are affiliate links)

Middle School (these are affiliate links)

Movies (these are affiliate links)

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